Chapter 2: How the Dog Found Himself


Chapter 2: How the Dog Found Himself

Class: VI

Exercise number - 1

Question a 

Discuss these questions in pairs before you write the answers.

  1. Why did the dog feel the need for a master? (1, 2)
  2. Who did he first choose as his master? Why did he leave that master? (3)
  3. Who did he choose next? (3)
  4. Why did he serve the Lion for a long time? (4)
  5. Who did he finally choose as his master and why? (9, 10)


Answer a

  1. The dog got tired of wandering alone for food and being frightened by those who were stronger than him. Therefore, the dog felt the need for a master and he also decided to serve someone who was the strongest on earth.
  2. At first he chose a big wolf as his master. On seeing the wolf was afraid of the bear, the dog left the wolf and asked the bear to be his master as the dog wanted to serve only the strongest. 
  3. The next master he chose was a bear.
  4. As there were no one more powerful and stronger than the lion in the forest, he served the lion for a long time. The dog lived happily by serving the lion for a long time as the lion was not afraid of any creature and thus, the dog was well protected by it.
  5. The dog finally chose a man as his master. The dog realised that the lion was afraid of man. Hence he chose a man as his master, as he wanted to serve someone who was the most powerful.


Question b

A summary of the story is given below. Fill in the blanks to complete it taking appropriate phrases from the box.




This is the story of _________________, who used to be ______________.

He decided to find a master _________________. First he found _______________, but the wolf was afraid of ___________________.

The dog thought that the bear was ________________.

After some time the dog met __________________, who seemed the strongest.

He stayed with the lion for a long time. One day he realised that the lion was _________________________ . To this day, the dog remains man’s best friend.


Answer b

This is the story of a dog, who used to be his own master. He decided to find a master

stronger than anyone else. First he found a wolf, but the wolf was afraid of the bear.

The dog thought that the bear was the strongest of all. After some time the dog met a lion,

who seemed the strongest. He stayed with the lion for a long time. One day he realized

that the lion was afraid of man. To this day, the dog remains man’s best friend.




Question a

Each word in the box given below indicates a large number of… For example, ‘a herd of cows’ refers to many cows. Complete each of the following phrases with a suitable word from the box.





  1. a _________________ of ships  5. a ________________ of sticks
  2. a _________________ of flowers    6. a ________________ of sheep
  3. a _________________ of chicks                   7. a _________________ of fish
  4. a _________________ of cattle  8. a _________________of wolves


Answer a

  1. fleetof ships                                       5. a bundleof sticks
  2. bunchof flowers  6. a herdof sheep
  3. broodof chicks    7. a schoolof fish
  4. flockof cattle    8. a pack of wolves


Question b

Make nouns from the words given below by adding −ness or − ity. (For some words we need to add just −ty, or −y.)




Answer b




Question c

  •   There are twelve words hidden in this table.
  •   Six can be found horizontally and the remaining six vertically.
  •   All of them are describing words like ‘good’, ‘happy’, etc.
  •   The first letters of the words are given below:

Horizontal: H R F F S G

Vertical: A W S F L Q




Answer c





Question d

Read the following passage and do the exercises that follow. Then complete the  family tree of dogs given on the facing page.

The Dog Family

The dog family is one of the 11 families that make up the Carnivores, a large group of intelligent, flesh-eating, backboned animals. In this group are such varied animals as bears, pandas, raccoons, cats, hyenas, and even seal. The dog or canine family has many wild species like wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals, and wild dogs. The dog is the only domesticated member of the canine family though now and then someone tames a wolf, fox or coyote as a pet. All members of the dog family are descendants of a wolf-like animal which lived about 15 million years ago. From this distantancestor, the true  dogs gradually developed. But nobody knows the exact ancestor of the modern domestic dog.

Several wild dogs look and behave like domestic dogs. The dingo or wild dog of Australia is one of these. It is possible that the dingo was a tamed dog brought to Australia long ago which then ran wild. Dogs were the first animals tamed by

humans — perhaps 20,000 years ago. Tamed dogs were brought from Asia to theNew World 5,000 or more years ago. Dogs were first used for hunting.

  1. Find the opposites of these words in the text above.

(i) ancestor _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

(ii) wild t _ m _

(iii) ancient _ _ _ _ _ _

(iv) near d _ _ _ _ _ t

(v) suddenly gr _ _ _ _ _ _ _


  1. Complete the following sentences.

(i) The dingo is _______.

(ii) Dogs were the _______animals tamed by humans. The other animals tamed by humans are __________________________

(Think and name some other such animals.)

(iii) The New World refers to ___________________________________. Dogs were brought there from __________________________________.







Answer d


  1. (i) ancestor – descendants

(ii) wild – tame

(iii) ancient – modern

(iv) near – distant

(v) suddenly − gradually


  1. (i) The dingo is the wild dog of Australia, which looks and behaves like a domestic dog.

(ii) Dogs were the first animals tamed by humans. The other animals tamed by humans are wolf, fox, and coyote.

(iii) The New World refers to the non-Eurasian/ non-African parts of the earth, specifically the Americas and Australasia. Dogs were brought there from Asia.






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